Death Cab for Cutie will have a new set of tunes to play when they hit the road later this year. On Wednesday (June 13), the Washington-founded band formally announced the release their ninth studio album. Titled Thank You for Today, the new album is due out Aug. 17 through Atlantic Records.
The forthcoming record was produced by Rich Costey who produced Death Cab’s previous studio album, KINTSUGI. Thank You for Today marks the band’s first record to feature newly added members Dave Depper and Zac Rae; both Depper and Rae have been part of the group’s touring band since 2015.
In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also debuted the album’s lead single, “Gold Rush.”
Heading over to NPR to discuss the new song, frontman Ben Gibbard explains that the song is not about complaining and yearning for the good old days, but rather an observation on how things have changed.
“The song is not a complaint about how things were better [back then] or anything like that. It’s an observation,” Gibbard explains. “[But] more about coming to terms with the passage of time and losing the people and the moments in my life all over again as I walk down a street that is now so unfamiliar.”
Watch the Alex Southam-directed music video for “Gold Rush” above.
Pre-orders for Thank You for Today are currently available here. Those who pre-order the new album will receive an instant download of “Gold Rush.”
Later this month, Death Cab for Cutie will debut the new song live on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band will take over the stage on Thursday, June 21.
In support of the new album’s release, Death Cab for Cutie previously announced plans to hit the road for an intimate venue fall tour. The upcoming tour will begin on Sept. 24 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon and conclude a month later on Oct. 23 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.